Alan Rachins

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Actor Alan Rachins found television success not once, but twice, playing two characters who could not be less alike on the series "L. A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) and "Dharma & Greg" (ABC, 1997-2002). After abandoning a ... Read more »
Born: 09/29/1942 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Mom 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rizzoli & Isles 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Crazy Ones 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Any Day Now 2012 (Movie)

Judge Resnick (Actor)

Good Luck, Charlie 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happy Endings 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Surviving Suburbia 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eli Stone 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Spectacular Spider-Man 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Close to Home 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1986 - 1994, 1996 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justice League Unlimited 1986 - 1994, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1986 - 1994, 1996 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Boat: The Next Wave 1986 - 1994, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Shoot Me 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Behind the Fame: L.A. Law/Hill Street Blues 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1991 - 1992, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1986 - 1994, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law: The Movie 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The In-Laws 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Genesis Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Elian Gonzalez Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

14th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Poltergeist: The Legacy 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman: The Animated Series 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Unwed Father 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Rugrats Chanukkah 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Leave It to Beaver 1997 (Movie)

Fred Rutherford (Actor)

Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

Judge Williams (Actor)

Stargate SG-1 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Showgirls 1995 (Movie)

Tony Moss (Actor)

North 1994 (Movie)

Defense Attorney (Actor)

Jackie Collins' "Lady Boss" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Nova 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The "L.A. Law" 100th Episode Special 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Heart Condition 1990 (Movie)

Dr Posner (Actor)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Circus of the Stars 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Mistress 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Thunder Run 1986 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

Always (But Not Forever) 1985 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Fear on Trial (TV Show)

Actor

She Says She's Innocent (TV Show)

Actor

Single Women, Married Men (TV Show)

Actor

Spoiled (TV Show)

Actor

Star Quest (TV Show)

Actor

The Retrievers (TV Show)

Actor

The Stepsister (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actor Alan Rachins found television success not once, but twice, playing two characters who could not be less alike on the series "L. A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) and "Dharma & Greg" (ABC, 1997-2002). After abandoning a planned career in the family food processing business, he gained early acting experience on the stages of New York in productions like the sexy musical romp "Oh! Calcutta!" in the late-1960s. Rachins soon moved to Hollywood where he studied screen craft at the American Film Institute and picked up minor parts in television projects such as the docudrama "Fear on Trial" (1975) and the hit melodrama "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991). He had minor success writing for several television series and lending acting support in a few small feature films before landing the career-defining role of acerbic attorney Douglas Brackman, Jr. on "L.A. Law." At the height of its popularity, the program was one of the most watched shows on television and set the ground rules for the many ensemble dramas that would follow. Although a substantial role in the critical and box office disaster "Showgirls" (1995) may not have provided Rachins with the preferred exposure, a supporting role as a member of the "Dharma & Greg" cast offered him the opportunity to play against type as the aging hippie Larry Finkelstein. Instantly familiar, yet surprisingly versatile, Rachins complemented any project he was involved in, whether it was comedy, drama, or - as in the case of "L.A. Law" - a brilliant merging of the two.

Relationships

Joanna Rachins

Wife

Robbie Rachins

Son
born c. 1982

EDUCATION

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1972 - 1974

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1974 - 1976
Graduated 1976

Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
dropped out

Brookline High School

Brookline , Massachusetts

AFI Conservatory

1974

Empire State College

New York , New York
graduated

Milestones

1997

Returned to series TV as a regular in the ABC sitcom "Dharma & Greg"

1995

Appeared in "Afterlife", an episode of the sci-fi anthology "The Outer Limits" (Showtime)

1995

Co-starred in the notorious "Showgirls"

1991

Appeared in "Spoiled", an episode of the horror series "Tales From the Crypt" (HBO)

1986

Was series regular on the NBC legal drama "L.A. Law"; portrayed Douglas Brackman Jr

1985

Feature debut in the romantic comedy "Always (But Not Forever)", directed by Henry Jaglom

1979

TV directorial debut, an episode of the police drama "Paris" (CBS)

1975

TV acting debut in political drama "Fear on Trial" (CBS)

1968

Was part of ensemble cast of Off-Broadway's erotic revue "Oh! Calcutta!"

1967

Broadway debut in "After the Rain"

1963

Moved to NYC

Returned to Massachusetts to work in the family business after his father's death

With wife Joanna David, formed Allofit Productions

Wrote scripts for several drama series, such as "Quincy, M.E.", "The Fall Guy" and "Knight Rider"

Bonus Trivia

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Sources vary on Mr. Rachins' birthyear; some list 1942, others 1945, while still others say 1947.

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